Reader Request: More Frames
Some of you asked for a recap of gallery-style walls with disparate frames -- a mix of gilded, both silver and gold, stained, and painted. In a few of the examples shown here, not only are the frames varied but the art too represents a range of media. Oils, sketches, watercolors and even photography mingle together on the same wall.
The top two images are cropped from a photo by Langdon Clay, and the subject is design journalist Frances Schultz's art collection circa 1990s. Directly above is Michael Bastian's apartment, photographed by Melanie Acevedo for domino, September, 2008, courtesy Mrs. Blandings.
Above is a detailed view of a grouping in India Hicks' house. The piece hanging in the lower left demonstrates how a wide mat and substantial frame can give gravitas to a tiny work. The eye is really drawn in. And directly to the right, note the exposed rough edges of the work on paper. When dealing with sketches and watercolors, sometimes a choice has to be made about how far in to go with the mat -- or how to mount the art. Here the character is preserved.
Hanging above India is a Cecil Beaton caricature of her grandmother, Lady Mountbatten. Photo by Arthur Elgort as seen in Vogue, 1998. The image below is pretty self-explanatory. I decided to include it because, while the art was collected over time, the tones in the works and the frames are not highly varied -- at least in the picture they don't appear to be.
In contrast, below, Robert Clapper's highly eclectic collection. Designer Thomas Jayne displayed it to evoke the feel of an early 20th century New Orleans artist's apartment. Photography by Kerri McCaffety, House Beautiful, January 2005.
While we're on the subject of presentation, I want to thank Cassandra for asking me about color and for putting my choices together in such a pretty post! BTW: those beautiful photographs of Mary McDonald's guest house shot by Miguel Flores-Vianna are not spoilers. You can see the published slideshow right here. Enjoy.
Click here to learn more about Mary's Mark Shaw photograph. Or here for more on Shaw in general.
Afterthought: Another inspired arrangement in Angele Parlange's house, from Creole Thrift.